HC Deb 10 June 1941 vol 372 c40W
Mr. Culverwell

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport on whom he proposes to place the onus of making good the damage to any goods as a result of being despatched in un-sheeted railway wagons?

Colonel Llewellin

Owing to the shortage of sheets which then existed, a direction was issued in August last requiring the conveyance of goods from the ports unsheeted, where necessary to ensure prompt clearance, and prohibiting double-sheeting. At the same time the railways were relieved by order from liability for damage due to obedience to the direction. Any question of liability arising is a matter for determination by the Courts. The position has now, I am glad to say, so far improved that the prohibition of double-sheeting is being suspended.